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Write Your Memento of This Historic Moment

It’s been an historic, exciting, and emotional week for the country, perhaps the world. Regardless of whether Barack Obama was your preferred candidate or not, I think we can agree that the election of the first African-American to the office of presidency highlights the best of what America is. On…

Keep a food journal to help lose weight

Do you want to lose weight?  Keeping a food diary or journal is one very effective way to lose weight. A recent study (reported in August 2008 edition of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine) asked people to keep a food diary– simply writing down what they ate as the…

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! I just read an interesting article about nightmares in the New York Times Well health blog by Tara Parker-Pope. (https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/10/31/rewriting-your-nightmares/)  The idea is that if you are troubled by a nightmare that you rewrite the script  of the nightmare.  I would think that literally writing the new script—on…

Who keeps a journal or diary?

Twelve years ago, in 1996, I did some of my own market research about how many people keep diaries/journals. Here’s what I found after speaking to 114 people at a mall that attracted people from around the US and the world: 16% of the people I interviewed currently kept a…

Write about change and stress

We are living in stressful times. The world is morphing in front of us as we watch—constant technological and communication change, big climate shifts, massive economic turmoil, and in all probability there will be a big change in US policies. That adage that we’ve all heard is “The only constant…

Overcoming the first journal writing block: How to get started

What prevents people from keeping a journal? I can categorize the stumbling blocks into four categories—and combinations of the following: 1. I don’t know how to start and I feel a little silly/intimidated/[fill in the blank]. 2. I don’t have the discipline to keep a journal going, to sustain it….

Never too late to start keeping a journal

When I’m responding to the usual introductory small talk of “what do you do?” I open the floodgates of guilt and regret. I’m not trying to. It’s not my fault; it just happens. Here’s how the conversation usually goes: So, Ruth, what do you do? My standard response,” I own…

The Beginning

I started journal writing when I was a college student in the early 1970s. I noticed that many students carried around notebooks with them all the time—some sketched in it and wrote, others just wrote. Some used spiral notebooks with lined paper—other used black cover hard bound sketch books. It…